Kentucky singer MaKenzie Thomas survived the first round of live eliminations on “The Voice” on Tuesday night.
Her silky, jazzy performance of “I Believe in You and Me” appeared effortless and lyrical. It was enough to earn two boots thrown up on stage by her coach, Jennifer Hudson, and competing coach Kelly Clarkson.
And enough to earn her a spot in next week’s Live Top 13, beginning at 8 p.m. on NBC (WLEX-TV 18 in Lexington, Spectrum Ch. 8.)
Fans voted Thomas one of the favorites on Team JHud, along with Kennedy Holmes. Hudson also saved SandyRedd. The night cut the singing competition from 24 contestants to 12, then added one singer from a “last chance” Comeback Stage to make it 13.
Thomas, who is from Fleming County, is a gospel singer who performs with Elevated Praise and at times with the Black Gospel Ensemble at Morehead State University, where she had been a student.
In 2015, Jordan Smith of Coldiron won “The Voice,” and has gone on to a recording and performing career. He sang the national anthem at a University of Kentucky football game earlier this month.